Clean Labelling is big business
August 10, 2015

Food trends are no different to foods themselves. Some are destined for a short life while a few will catch on to become a top consumer preference. Foods that are ‘natural’ and ‘preservative free’ are no longer just the preference of people with allergies. The shift to creating ‘clean label’ is an on-going trend that is dictating which processed foods and drinks are being put into shopping trolleys. Australian consumers are label critics Spend time in a supermarket and you will see customers... ...Read more »

FSANZ reviewing changes to Australia’s nutrition and health claims standard
June 29, 2015

Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has announced a proposal to address issues identified in relation to Australia’s laws on nutrition and health claims standard and has called for submissions from food companies and other stakeholders. The change is in addition to other recently-announced foreshadowed changes. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon said discrepancies between different standards in the Australian New Zealand Food Standards Code had been identified. “The proposal... ...Read more »

FSANZ proposes changes to health and nutrition claims
May 25, 2015

Proposal P1037 (Amendments associated with Nutrition Content and Health Claims) seeks to create an exemption for meeting claim requirements for products bearing trademarked elements of the Health Star Rating system. Proposal P1037 (Amendments associated with Nutrition Content and Health Claims) seeks to create an exemption for meeting claim requirements for products bearing trademarked elements of the Health Star Rating system. FSANZ Chief Executive Officer Steve McCutcheon stated that the trademarked... ...Read more »

FoodLegal Symposium this week in Melbourne about new Food Standards Code in Australia
April 27, 2015

FoodLegal Symposium in Melbourne about new Food Standards Code in Australia The FoodLegal Symposium “Are you ready for the new Food Standards Code?” will be held on Thursday 30th April 2015 in Melbourne CBD. Bookings essential. For more information and to register to attend, click here. The event features top speakers from FSANZ, FoodLegal, AFGC and NSWFA, and is Co-sponsored by Monash University. The Symposium will explain the new Food Standards Code and the impact of its changes, and explore... ...Read more »

Taxpayers and growers are led up a garden path
April 15, 2015

Taxpayers and growers are led up a garden path The Fresh Produce Safety Centre (FPSC), which is an organisation established with government and industry support in 2013, has announced the winning tender bid for the conduct of a literature review of fresh produce safety research. The announcement has produced some skepticism from commentators about the whole bureaucratic process involving the Fresh Produce Safety Centre’s role in improving the current Australian food safety regime for fresh produce. The... ...Read more »

FoodLegal Symposium in Melbourne about new Food Standards Code in Australia
April 15, 2015

FoodLegal Symposium in Melbourne about new Food Standards Code in Australia The FoodLegal Symposium “Are you ready for the new Food Standards Code?” will be held on Thursday 30th April 2015 in Melbourne CBD. Bookings essential. For more information and to register to attend, click here. The event features top speakers from FSANZ, FoodLegal, AFGC and NSWFA, and is Co-sponsored by Monash University. The Symposium will explain the new Food Standards Code and the impact of its changes, and explore... ...Read more »

Current developments in food law and policy
April 1, 2015

Federal Cabinet still in disagreement on Country of Origin Reform It was reported on 25 March 2015 that new Country of Origin Labelling laws will be delayed until at least August 2015 despite the Prime Minister’s announcement on 16 February 2015 that country of origin labelling proposals for reform would be released by Federal Cabinet “by the end of March 2015”. An article in the March 2015 edition of FoodLegal Bulletin discussed the new proposals in “Government faces a Country of Origin... ...Read more »

FSANZ considers proposed delay to higher dietary fibre requirements
March 25, 2015

FSANZ considers proposed delay to higher dietary fibre requirements Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) has called for submissions on draft food regulatory measures it has prepared after assessing an application made by the Australian Food and Grocery Council (AFGC) to delay the need to comply with higher qualifying criteria for nutrition content claims about dietary fibre. The AFGC had made an Application to delay the requirement to comply with the qualifying criteria in Standard 1.2.7... ...Read more »

Mandatory trans fat labelling a ‘must’ for Australians’ health, Heart Foundation call
March 2, 2015

Mandatory trans fat labelling a ‘must’ for Australians’ health, Heart Foundation call The Australian Heart Foundation is calling on the Ministerial Forum to reverse its recent decision to not make trans fat labelling mandatory. Australian Food News reported in February 2015 that Government Ministers at a meeting of the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation had accepted the advice of Food Standards Australian New Zealand that, given the low level of Trans Fatty Acids... ...Read more »

Government berry havoc as Barnaby’s Agriculture department responsible for testing inadequacies
February 23, 2015

Government berry havoc as Barnaby’s Agriculture department responsible for testing inadequacies The Australian Department of Agriculture has attempted to shift its responsibilities concerning the health risks of imported frozen berries onto Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ), by formally requesting FSANZ conduct a review of the risk status of frozen berries. Federal Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce, whose departmental officers are responsible for all testing of food imports has... ...Read more »

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